Lashkar ‘commander’ named in cops’ deaths killed in Kashmir encounter

The bodies of the two Lashkar militants, along with two weapons, were later recovered from the encounter site. The other militant has been identified as Abu Maaz of Pakistan.

Written by Mir Ehsan | Srinagar | Updated: July 2, 2017 9:31 am
Kashmir encounter, lashkar e taiba, lashkar commander, kashmir shooting, india news Security personnel after the encounter in Anantnag on Saturday. (Source: PTI)

Two Lashkar militants, including Bashir Ahmad Wani, who was allegedly involved in the killing of SHO Feroz Ahmad Dar and five other policemen in Anantnag district last month, were killed in an encounter in Dailgam village of the district on Saturday. Two civilians, Tahira Begum, 43, and Shadab Ahmad Chopan, 21, were also killed and over 30 villagers injured when police fired pellets and bullets at villagers who had gathered to protest against the operation. Police said the protesters were trying to march towards Brenti-Batpora area in Dailgam to disrupt the operation and create a safe passage for the militants.

Confirming that Bashir Ahmad Wani alias Bashir Lashkari alias Abu Ukasha was among the two militants who were killed, Director General of Police S P Vaid said: “Bashir was involved in the killing of Station House Officer Feroz Ahmad Dar and five other policemen. He was a wanted militant and police were looking for him.” According to sources, security forces launched a cordon-and-search operation in Brenti-Batpora, about five kilometres from Anantnag town, on Saturday morning. While the operation was in progress, they reportedly received information that Wani was inside a house at Dailgam. The security forces then intensified the search operation.

Police said that the family living in the house and other villagers tried to delay the encounter by remaining inside, even as protesters tried to march to the area. At around 11:30 am, when all the civilians finally left the house, the forces launched a full-fledged operation.

The bodies of two militants, along with two weapons, were later recovered from the encounter site. The other militant has been identified as Abu Maaz of Pakistan. Police termed the death of Wani, one of the oldest militants and the Lashkar’s ‘district commander’ in Anantnag, as a big success. The hunt for Wani, identified as an ‘A+++ category’ militant, intensified after police named him in the killing of SHO Dar and five other policemen. Security forces had launched six operations in the last fortnight to track him, including in his village of Sopshalo in Kokernag.

According to the police, Wani joined militancy in 2001. He was arrested, but joined militant ranks again in 2008 after his release. He was again arrested, and, after his release, joined the Lashkar in 2015.

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  1. H
    Jul 2, 2017 at 10:15 am
    coat him in pig lard and burn his body
    1. M
      Jul 2, 2017 at 10:07 am
      who ever supporting any terrorist or terror activities, must killed or encounter. No mercy please. because these supporters are getting money. supporters are more dangerous than terrorist. one can not ruled out that, deep political hands are there. we must put more intelligence forces to cut the root under soil.
      1. R
        Jul 2, 2017 at 9:56 am
        There is never shortage of Islamic terorrists. Who is more dangerous- cow vigilantes or Mohamed followers?
        1. K
          Kabir Kabir
          Jul 2, 2017 at 9:55 am
          No sympathy for anybody who supports terrorists. Those people who throw stones at our jawans and otherwise try to disrupt army operations should be shot dead. In the long term, the special status that has been bestowed upon Kashmir should be removed. People from the rest of India should be allowed to buy property and settle in Kashmir. We need to Indianise Kashmir. After all, it is our money which is being spent there. If anyone objects to this, they should be sent to live permanently in Pakistan.
          1. K
            Kamal Pasha
            Jul 2, 2017 at 1:53 pm
            Kabir Kabir :And there should be no sympathy for so called Jawans for killing young boys, ladies and old Kashmiris.
          2. N
            Jul 2, 2017 at 9:54 am
            Remember the day when the terrorists were waiving Chinese flags.....they will waive any flag that gives them weapons and money to kill. These are P aki characteristics, well suited for gulaami, now they have chosen China. Alone, they get clueless like ever, and start looking for a forefather in rest of the world.
            1. K
              Kabir Kabir
              Jul 2, 2017 at 9:47 am
              We should never forget that all of this is because of the narcissist Nehru. In 1948, when the Indian armed forces had the upper hand and would have driven out the Pakstani raiders in a day or two, Nehru suddenly decided to halt the Army operation he chose to take the matter to the UN instead, hoping to give a g speech there. The result was that Britain and the other countries voted against India and we were left humiliated, and Kashmir has since then been torn into two parts. The Kashmir problem that has cost the lives of thousands of our jawans over the last 60 years is the legacy of this narcissist Nehru.
              1. A
                Abu Fitna
                Jul 2, 2017 at 9:31 am
                Indian army today is the most battle hardened and experienced in the world. Hunting down Commies, Maoists, Sickular rodents and terrorists sharpens the army's hunting instinct. Happy hunting guys. Keep up the good work. You make us safe from the siege outside and the siege within (please read within fifth-columnists, media and university professors who want an enfeebled and divided India).
                1. J
                  Joseph Mumbai
                  Jul 2, 2017 at 9:27 am
                  Nullify article 370. Resettle Kashmiri pundits back in valley. Let any Indian citizen settle in Kashmir. K ill the women who help terrorist escape while search is going on. These are Islamic fanatics who have driven away Hindus from the Valley.
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